CMNS 857: Philosophy of Technology with Andrew Feenberg

I don't know why I didn't think to go ahead and share this (and my notes and reflections) but I'm taking a seminar with Andrew Feenberg on the philosophy and sociology of technology. [ Andrew's website ] This is incredible for two specific reasons: (1) Andrew is the leading voice of a critical, constructive philosophy of technology and (2) I used his framework in my Masters research.
This course will introduce philosophy and sociology of technology through major texts in the Continental tradition, and recent approaches to technology studies in the social sciences. We will begin with the philosophical work of Heidegger and his student, Marcuse. Heidegger proposed the now classic theory of the “enframing”, the most sophisticated version of the idea of the domination of human beings by their own technology. Marcuse’s neo-Marxist theory has some similarities to Heidegger’s, however, he opens up the possibility of a radical transformation of technology. Habermas tried to reformulate Critical Theory as a radical liberal-democratic approach. These radical critiques of technology appear outdated to Lyotard, the chief philosopher behind the “postmodern” movement. We will next discuss a book by Don Ihde on the phenomenology of technology. The approach here is less critical, and emphasizes the everyday experience of technology in its cultural aspect. The contributions of recent science and technology studies are represented by articles by Pinch and Bijker, a collection of case studies by Collins and Pinch, and a book by Latour. The constructivist approach is non-determinist and focuses on the empirical study of cases. We will then read part of my recent book, which draws on all these sources to present an approach I call “critical constructivism”. We will conclude with a book in which several authors apply critical constructivism to the study of information technology.

Here are the Readings we'll be doing. I'll post my initial questions as I can. (The other course I'm enrolled in is EDUC 902 Contemporary Approaches in Education with Kieran Egan.)

Readings

Articles

Pinch and Bijker, “The Social Construction of Facts and Artifacts”.
Heidegger, “Traditional Language and Technological Language”.
Dreyfus, “Heidegger on Gaining a Free Relation to Technology”.

Books

Heidegger, The Question Concerning Technology, Harper Colophon.
Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man, Beacon Press.
Ihde, Technology and the Lifeworld, Indiana.
Feenberg, Between Reason and Experience, MIT.
Freenberg and Friesen, (Re) Inventing the Internet, Sense.
Latour, We Have Never Been Modern, Harvard.
Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition, Minnesota.
Habermas, Technology and Science as Ideology.
Collins and Pinch, The Golem at Large, Cambridge.

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  1. [...] This was my first “questioning” for CMNS 857 Philosophy of Technology. For more information, see this linked post. [...]

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  2. [...] This post is part of a series from my CMNS 857 Philosophy of Technology seminar with Andrew Feenberg. For more information, see this linked post. [...]

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  3. [...] This was my “questioning” for Lyotard’s Postmodern Condition. This post is part of a series from my CMNS 857 Philosophy of Technology seminar with Andrew Feenberg. For more information, see this linked post. [...]

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  4. [...] This was my “questioning” for Part 1 of Ihde’s Technology and the Lifeworld. This post is part of a series from my CMNS 857 Philosophy of Technology seminar with Andrew Feenberg. For more information, see this linked post. [...]

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  5. [...] This was my “questioning” for Collins & Pinch’s The Golem at Large: What you should know about technology. This post is part of a series from my CMNS 857 Philosophy of Technology seminar with Andrew Feenberg. For more information, see this linked post. [...]

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  6. [...] This was my “questioning” for Latour’s We have never been modern. This post is part of a series from my CMNS 857 Philosophy of Technology seminar with Andrew Feenberg. For more information, see this linked post. [...]

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  7. [...] This was my “questioning” for Feenberg’s Between Reason & Experience, Pt 1. This post is part of a series from my CMNS 857 Philosophy of Technology seminar with Andrew Feenberg. For more information, see this linked post. [...]

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  8. [...] This was my “questioning” for Feenberg’s Between Reason & Experience – Part 2. This post is part of a series from my CMNS 857 Philosophy of Technology seminar with Andrew Feenberg. For more information, see this linked post. [...]

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  9. [...] This was my “questioning” for Feenberg and Friesen’s (eds.) (Re)inventing the Internet. This post is part of a series from my CMNS 857 Philosophy of Technology seminar with Andrew Feenberg. For more information, see this linked post. [...]

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